Where: A30 Victoria, Cornwall
MRMU optioned 160 acres of land at this strategic junction on the A30, of which 20 acres is allocated to develop a new Trunk Road Service Area called Cornwall Services. The site is on the mid point of the new £100m stretch of the A30 and is strategically positioned to cater for Cornwall’s £1bn tourist industry, as well as being a central meeting place for Cornish businesses.
After eight years MRMU achieved planning permission for this major development and it was built in less than a year. It officially opened on 1 July 2014.
Phase 1 of the scheme included a BP filling station, an amenity building offering a range of food and drink concessions (both the big brands you would expect and also new start-ups specialising in Cornish food), toilets, washroom facilities for HGV drivers and dedicated parking areas for cars, HGVs and coaches. Phase 2 will see the addition of a 70 room hotel, a restaurant, a tourist information centre, kids play area and dog walking area.
The buildings are unique in design, environmentally sustainable and built of high quality material, locally sourced where possible. The development does not replicate any similar service area in the UK and is on track to receive a ‘BREEAM Very Good’ rating.
Partners on the project include Mountford Pigott Architects, Dawnus Construction, ADL Highway Engineers, Howard Kennedy FSI, Clarke Bond, GVA Grimley, RPS, Hydrock, Green Earth Landscapes, Celtec, Marsh & Baxter and Energist.
Work began on site in May 2013 and was completed by July 2014. It officially opened on the 1 July and has received praise from the media and the public alike.
Fronting a central food court area is a strong Cornish food offer from new start-up businesses specialising in local food and drink – including the Open Oven Pizza Company, Cornish Kitchen and Rowes bakery. Providing other food / service station services are well known brands, including Costa, McDonald’s, Subway, Player’s Lounge, WHSmith and BP filling station. It is now also home to Cornwall’s only Clip n Climb facility and a large soft play centre – operating under the Indoor Active brand.